Busto Bocanegra

Artist selected by López Munuera, Iván at 2010



Questions

1. What made you choose art as a profession? 
By the time I realised, I was already doing it. I suppose the choice was whether to carry on or stop. I’m still doing it because art gives me a meaning to many things. I like its essentially free nature. 

2. How would you define your work? 
Ever-changing – like an explorer making cocktails, an inquisitive barman. 

3. What subjects are you interested in? 
Lots of very different subjects, although they are all related to the reality I know and I suppose that’s where they converge and intertwine. 

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work? 

I’m attracted to construction and I like to surround myself with standardised industrial parts, but I also go to the other extreme and make use of perishable goods. I use materials as a means to think about the struggle for eternity in an ephemeral reality (we’re the only beings on the Earth to leave a legacy). 

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials? 
My work is always related to reality and that’s where my raw material comes from. 

6. What, according to you, is the point of art? 
For me, it’s a fiction that invites us to think and feel freely. 

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at? 
I don’t want to expect anything. As Angélica Liddell would say, I seek to shock through the ineffable, which is not easy. I’m not sure if I’ve ever pulled it off, or whether I’ll ever know. Therein lies the artist’s challenge, I suppose. 

8. What qualifications have you got? 
What do you value most from your time in education? Having the chance to see different ways of understanding and doing art, and above all conversations and advice that stay with me that I treasure and I’m grateful for. 

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future? 
I try to improve things day by day, so my short- and medium-term plan is to leave Spain, although I’m very pleased with the results my work has delivered so far. 

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work? 
I don’t make a living from my profession and I don’t intend to in the short term. I’ll make a living by other means. I live by paying off loans and I still owe money. It’s a tough situation and I give myself a hard time, but the freedom of knowing you’re doing what you really want to do with no strings attached is key to laying foundations, calmly observing and valuing your work. 

11. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses? 
It depends what you compare it with. At Spanish level, compared with other cities in Spain, Madrid is a city where lots of things are concentrated and there’s lots going on. I don’t have much experience of other countries, but I realise that people’s attitude to art is a cultural thing and effects the arts scene. In Spain we’ve got a thirty-year vacuum that still drags us down and can be seen very clearly in museums and at all levels: weak, outdated education, institutional support that uses art as a political tool, the lack of independent structures, a still very conservative market… There’s lots to be done, but that can also be a good long-term challenge.

Interview

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/2/2924/2924.flv

Curriculum vitae

Busto Bocanegra
Santander, 1984.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

 

Formación Académica/Education
2009
Taller de Creación Joven InJuve, Madrid.

 

2008
Licenciada en Bellas Artes, Escuela Superior de Arte y Arquitectura, Universidad Europea de Madrid. (Post) Memorias globales: museo, monumento y desterritorialización, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 

2007
Scuola Estiva Internazionale Alghero Design e Ambiente ADA. Facoltà di Architettura di Alghero, Università di Sassari
Facoltà del design Politecnico di Milano, Bosa, Sardegna.
Paisaje como McGuffin (o como librarse del aburrimiento en el arte), Taller de Paisaje Blanca, Espacio AV, Murcia.

 

2006
Las imágenes del arte, todavía, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Cuenca.

 

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
2009
Centro 14, Ayuntamiento de Alicante. Galería Egam, Madrid.

 

2008
Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.

 

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
2009
Is this Spain?, The Crypt Gallery, London. Hambre 09, Calle Atocha 24, Madrid.

 

2008
Muestra de Arte Joven, InJuve, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; México; Guatemala; República Dominicana.
Ruidocracia (ruido y democracia: expresión, autonomía y praxis), Calle Cañete, 17, 4 piso, Madrid.
X Edición de Tentaciones, Estampa 2008, Madrid.
XLV Certamen Internacional de Artes Plásticas, Pollença, Mallorca.
Located work (Madrid), en colaboración con Joseph Kosuth, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

 

2007
Blog 07 todas direcciones, Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.
Barajas ’07, Terminal 2, Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas, Madrid.
MP26, Off Limits, Madrid.

 

Becas y premios/Awards and Grants
2008
VII Concurso de Artes Plásticas, Universidad de Zaragoza. (Accésit/Second Prize)

 

2007
Scuola Estiva Internazionale Alghero Design e Ambiente ADA, Universidad Europea de Madrid. (Beca/Grant)
Taller de Paisaje Blanca, Espacio AV, Murcia. (Beca/Grant)

 

2006
Concurso de Arte Público Parque Lineal de Rivas Vaciamadrid, Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award)

 

2005
IV Certamen de Artes Visuales de la Universidad Europea de Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award)

 

Bibliografía/Bibliography
Hambre 09, Madrid, 2009, Cat. Exp.
Is this Spain?, Madrid, 2009, Cat. Exp.
Chávez, Brenda, Madrid: la nueva guardia, EP3, n. 191, 23/I/2009.
Estampa 08, Madrid, Turner, 2008, Cat. Exp.
Joseph Kosuth Located Work (Madrid), Madrid, La Casa Encendida, 2008, Cat. Exp.
Blog 07 todas direcciones, Madrid, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 2007, Cat. Exp.

 

Contacto/Contact
(+34) 626313325
bocanegrabocanegra@gmail.com